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A Quiet Place

by Seicho Matsumoto

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Very interesting story, told from one man's point of view. We are inside his head and following his logic right up until it all goes wrong. A wonderful look at the Japanese way of thinking. Fascinating. Great ending! ( )
  njcur | Jan 18, 2017 |
This compelling mystery comes from another time and place -- Japan in the 1970's -- but the unfamiliar environment adds to the book's power. Mr. Asai, a mid-level bureaucrat, learns that his wife has died of a sudden heart attack. But she died in an unfamiliar neighborhood, under less than clear-cut circumstances. Asai becomes obsessed with the circumstances of her death, starts his own investigation and eventually hires detectives to learn more. In time, he develops a theory of what happened and why, and that is when the real mystery begins. The tone of the book is cool and formal, but Asai is a compelling character, and the suspense grows as the story progresses. Comparisons to Simenon are apt, even though the central character here is not a policeman -- far from it. ( )
  annbury | Sep 21, 2016 |
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